Yeezy 380 Pepper Legit Check: How To Authenticate

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by Ch David

In this guide, we’ll look at the Yeezy Boost 380 Pepper.

Authenticate both versions of these 380s:

  • Pepper “Non-Reflective”
  • Pepper “Reflective”

In just 8 simple steps. Let’s go!

How to spot fake Yeezy Boost 380 Pepper

To spot fake Yeezy Pepper, look at the interior size tag.

Fake shoes consistently exhibit inaccuracies in the thickness and letter spacing of the inscriptions.

1. Barcode

Every authentic Yeezy 380 colorway has unique info:

  • Colorway – PEPPER (Non-Reflective: FZ1269, Reflective: FZ4977)
  • Style – 380
  • Size – From 4 to 17 (US)

1.1. How to scan

Very easily with the Legit Check App:

  1. Download the app
  2. Open the barcode scanner
  3. Test your Yeezy Pepper’s barcode.
Legit Check Barcode Scan Sneakers

Then, the fun part: inspecting the results.

Let’s begin with the legit.

1.2. Authentic

Authentic because:

  • The results match the pair in the legit picture.
    • Yeezy Boost 380
    • Pepper
    • Non-Reflecitve
    • FZ1269
    • US 10.5 (UK 10)

Just what we need for a legit adidas x YEEZY barcode!

1.3. Fake

Fake because:

  • Zero results are shown.
  • No sign of the right colorway / model / size.

There is no way this barcode can be authentic.

Didn’t get it properly? Visit our in-depth barcode tutorial.

Finding it too hard? Legit check your Yeezys with our experts:

2. Size tag


  • “MADE IN CHINA” print is thicker.
  • Date of manufacturing print is thicker.
  • Last line of text is thicker.
  • “ART FZ1269” text is thinner.
  • “US UK FR JP CHN” text is thinner.


  • “MADE IN CHINA” print is thinner.
  • Date of manufacturing print is thinner.
  • Last line of text is thinner.
  • “ART FZ1269” text is thicker.
  • “US UK FR JP CHN” text is thicker.

The “APE/CLU/EVN” prints may vary on both authentic and fake pairs.

So it’s not a reliable indicator of authenticity.

Instead, focus on the quality of printing, looking for ink blotting, fuzzy lines, and other signs of poor printing quality.

3. Boost sole


  • “boost” text is thinner.
  • Less space between the letters in the “boost” text.
  • Pellets on the sole appear randomized and not symmetrical.


  • “boost” text is thicker.
  • More space between the letters in the “boost” text.
  • Pellets on the sole appear too symmetrical and not randomized.

4. Lacing


  • Right lace is placed below the left lace from the wearer’s view.


  • Laces are improperly attached, often in a randomized way.

Let’s zoom into the Pepper Yeezys:

  • We do not consider this step as completely reliable…
  • Unless the shoes are in a 100% unworn, factory-fresh condition.
  • Also called “deadstock” condition.

Below is what authentic spare laces look like:

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Box label

Authentic (US Version):

  • US size in large print.
  • UK and F sizes in smaller prints under the US size.
  • Serial number ends with V02 or V03.

Authentic (International Version):

  • Displays 6 countries’ sizes (US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN).
  • All sizes are in equal prints on the label.
  • Serial number ends with V10.


  • Deviation from the authentic label pattern, such as a US version with a serial number ending in V10.

6. Stitching


  • The middle stitching is perforated deeper into the shoes.
  • This results in a deeper and wider gap.


  • The stitching is engraved too little deep into the shoes.
  • This results in a narrower and shallower gap.

7. Toe box


  • The toe box is thinner.
  • It has a less curvy shape.


  • The toe box is thicker.
  • It has a curvier shape.

8. Relfectiveness


  • The 3M reflective material shines more powerfully.


  • The 3M reflective material shines less powerfully.

Shortlist: Verify yours

Here’s a concise summary of the quickest way to authenticate Yeezy Pepper sneakers:

  1. Scan the barcode.
  2. Check the size tag.
  3. Verify the box label.
  4. Examine the laces for correct positioning.
  5. Analyze the boost sole.
  6. Check the middle stitching.
  7. Inspect the toe box shape.
  8. Verify the 3M reflectivity.

This provides a faster method for authenticating Yeezy Pepper sneakers compared to the more detailed steps mentioned earlier.

Expert Yeezy 380 Pepper Legit Check

If you’re still unsure about the authenticity of your Yeezy Boost 380 Pepper:

  • Send us pictures of your Pepper 380s.
  • Our team provide you with results within 24 to 48 hours…
  • Along with a detailed report explaining whether your sneakers are authentic or fake.

This brings us to the end of the guide.

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Thank you for reading this,

Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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